Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma claimed on Wednesday that there is an internal rift within the National People’s Party (NPP) as many of its legislators are switching sides ahead of the state’s assembly elections in 2023.
“Even the NPP is experiencing internal strife, which explains why so many NPP members are changing sides. What are they talking about, considering that they themselves have so many MLAs who are leaving?” Mukul asked reporters.
He was responding to the chief minister’s assertions that many AITC MLAs will switch sides.
Mukul said that the AITC has been very clear that there is no hide and seek in this aspect (of MLAs leaving the party to join other parties) and that is why the party is not projecting them as its candidates for the 2023 polls.
The chief minister had recently alleged that the opposition AITC is building castles in the air by claiming that they will be forming the next government as it will take time for the party to be accepted in Meghalaya and in other NE states.
When sought for his comment on this, Mukul said, “I don’t think I need to even respond. You should ask the people of Tura South constituency themselves. Please don’t ask anybody to go and meet the electorate of Tura South and you will have the answer.”
Meanwhile, the AITC leader said that talks are going on with sitting legislators who are interested to join the party.
“Talk is still on. We are also being analytical because we will have to agree for any candidature of any sitting MLA or former MLA only on the basis whether that is likely to fulfill our desire to have people who will be formidable in the electoral battle. We are working on this, it is a mutual discussion,” he said.
Asked if the party will project him as CM candidate in 2023, he however said that is for the party to decide and this question should not be directed to him.